Game Plan: A Playbook for Developing Winning PLCs at Work

Game Plan: A Playbook for Developing Winning PLCs at Work


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Game Plan: A Playbook for Developing Winning PLCs at Work by Hector Garcia, Katherine McCluskey, Shelley Taylor

Game Plan: A Playbook for Developing Winning PLCs at Work™ asserts that educators and schoolwide and districtwide leaders can learn a lot from championship-level sports teams. Like a sports team, a school leadership team must develop a uniform game plan to foster a collaborative community of learners, develop a shared focus, and meet growth goals. It takes more than enthusiasm and a few talented individuals to build strong collaborative relationships and be consistently successful. Author Héctor García, Katherine McCluskey, and Shelley Taylor provided a collection of coaching points in order to help team examine their process, explore change and new concepts of leadership, assemble commitment to PLC principles, and concretely employ these principles in a PLC culture. Educator will: Learn why a well-defined game plan is necessary for schools and districts to build solid collaborative relationships and be steadily successful, Study the coaching points featured in each chapter, which highlight a skill or strategy and how to implement it to achieve a critical aspect of a uniform game plan, Assess facilitation guides, conversation prompts, related questions, templates, and rubries they can use to evaluate and build their game plan, Read quotations that provide real-world links to the described strategies and that can be used for self-reflection

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936763641
Publisher: Solution Tree Press
Publication date: 03/25/2015
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 554,742
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.20(d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors ix

Preface xiii

Foreword xv

Introduction: How Leadership Teams Develop a Winning Game Plan 1

Chapter 1 Bringing Clarity to the Plan 5

Coaching Point 1.1 Establishing Clarity Through a Schoolwide Template 7

The What 7

The How 9

Coaching Point 1.2 Identifying and Evaluating Our Current Reality 11

The What 12

The How 12

Coaching Point 1.3 Selecting the Right Team Members 14

The What 16

The How 17

Coaching Point 1.4 Building Shared Ownership and Purpose 18

The What 20

The How 21

Coaching Point 1.5 Ensuring Effective Communication Throughout the Organization 24

The What 24

The How 26

Conclusion 27

Chapter 2 Collaborating to Turn Good Teams Into Championship Teams 29

Coaching Point 2.1 Understanding and Supporting the Five Levels of Collaboration 31

The What 31

The How 33

Coaching Point 2.2 Setting Aside the Time to Develop Effective Collaboration 35

The What 35

The How 37

Coaching Point 2.3 Developing and Supporting a Strong Team Foundation 39

The What 40

The How 40

Coaching Point 2.4 Using Common Assessments to Drive the Collaborative Process 42

The What 42

The How 43

Coaching Point 2.5 Creating Opportunities for Singletons to Collaborate 45

The What 46

The How 46

Coaching Point 2.6 Embracing and Fostering Healthy Conflict 48

The What 49

The How 49

Conclusion 51

Chapter 3 Increasing Student Learning 53

Coaching Point 3.1 Focusing on the Right Curriculum Work 54

The What 55

The How 55

Coaching Point 3.2 Developing Common Assessments That Guide Instruction, Interventions, and Enrichment 57

The What 57

The How 59

Coaching Point 3.3 Analyzing Assessment Data to Effectively Impact Student Achievement and Teacher Practice 59

The What 60

The How 60

Coaching Point 3.4 Ensuring a Systemic Process in Academic Tier 1 Intervention 62

The What 64

The How 65

Coaching Point 3.5 Supporting the Development and Implementation of Progress-Monitoring Tools 67

The What 68

The How 68

Conclusion 76

Chapter 4 Focusing on Results and Purposeful Involvement 73

Coaching Point 4.1 Reflecting and Adjusting Through Effective SMART Goals 76

The What 76

The How 76

Coaching Point 4.2 Advancing Results Through the Formative Assessment Process 79

The What 80

The How 80

Coaching Point 4.3 Using Powerful Data Discussions to Support Student Learning 82

The What 83

The How 83

Coaching Point 4.4 Examining the Team's Process to Promote a Continuous Improvement Mindset 84

The What 85

The How 85

Coaching Point 4.5 Validating Progress and Celebrating Success 87

The What 88

The How 88

Conclusion 91

Chapter 5 Avoiding Pitfalls and Promoting Winning Throughout the Organization 93

Coaching Point 5.1 Establishing Trust-The Cornerstone of Every Successful Team 94

The What 95

The How 96

Coaching Point 5.2 Moving Struggling Teams Toward Better Performance 97

The What 99

The How 99

Coaching Point 5.3 Developing Talent in a Team Member 101

The What 101

The How 102

Coaching Point 5.4 Building and Leading a Collaborative Culture Through Leadership Forums 104

The What 105

The How 105

Coaching Point 5.5 Ensuring Long-Term Success Through Powerful Feedback and Support 106

The What 107

The How 109

Conclusion 110

References and Resources 111

Index 117

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